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McGuinness speaks of hopes for Derry at launch of 2020 Project

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA today spoke of his hope for greater employment and learning prospects for Derry.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011

He was speaking at the launch of the Derry 2020 Project, which aims to create and develop a collaborative, community based model for employment and learning. Led by TRIAX, and supported by European Union and Executive funding, the project involves a consortium of organisations that includes the city’s Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Boards and the Rural Area Partnership in Derry (RAPID).

Speaking at the launch, which was also attended by OFMDFM Junior Minister Martina Anderson, MLA, the deputy First Minister said:

“Unemployment affects people on a very personal level and this city has suffered from high levels of it throughout its history. The Derry 2020 Project is a new and innovative approach aimed at helping some of the most disadvantaged people within our local community - those most at risk from social exclusion through unemployment.

“Having a good job and a career is an important part of someone’s identity and self-esteem. Improving the employment prospects of our citizens is something we strive for. The real strength of the Derry 2020 project is its emphasis on tailoring education, training and careers advice to the particular talents of the individuals it will be assisting over the next three years.”

The project aims to add value to existing government initiatives and to target and recruit up to 2,250 participants from across the City Council Area. The project will target those individuals experiencing disadvantage in entering or sustaining employment. Individual participants with be provided with a holistic menu of engagement, advice, education, guidance, training and employment opportunities centred within local communities and supported by a range of Support Organisations.

The deputy First Minister and Junior Minister Anderson spent time speaking with representatives from the community organisations that will help deliver this project.

Junior Minister Anderson said:

“I am encouraged to learn today how the various organisations involved in this project will work together in partnership. Matching employment opportunities with individual educational and training programmes is key to the overall plans for the regeneration of this city. Today is an important milestone and I hope in years to come that the Derry 2020 project will be such as success that it can serve as a model for other regions which are facing economic hardship.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Derry 2020 project is led by TRIAX, a lead partner in a consortium of organisations in the city that includes the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Boards and the Rural Area Partnership in Derry (RAPID).
  2. The £2.45 million project is funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme, the Department for Employment and Learning and the Department for Social Development. Derry City Council has also contributed funding to the project.
  3. Media enquiries to the OFMDFM Press Office on 028 9037 8142. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.